Story: Coal and coal mining

Miner’s shack, Denniston

Miner’s shack, Denniston

This is a corrugated-iron dwelling at Coalbrookdale about 1917. Florence Donaldson holds a baby while her neighbour, Mrs Oldham, stands beside her. The housing in mining areas was often very poor; many miners hoped to soon move on, and mine owners were unwilling to invest in improvements.

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - Mining community', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2024)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021